Prices aren't too bad, a bit more than what I usually pay (about $250 per night), though the places I stay at are usuall owned by people who just rent it out as a holiday house, which is cheaper, and they give all the amenities, linen, towels etc as usual, plus they have a kitchen and fridge, microwave, oven, etc so you can cook also if you wish, I like to cook breakky so I can eat in my pyjamas.I actually prefer staying at places where people rent out as a holiday house ... not only are they cheaper than staying at a hotel, they also provide a more customer friendly service as one gets direct contact with the owner who cares about his service rather than impersonal front office "professionals" in hotels who may or may not care about the customer ... also you get a very family oriented location. I will look up places in St. Helens ... thanks for the tip ... if you feel comfortable naming a place where you stayed, where I can refer your name, you can PM me ... but no issues if you are not comfortable with it.
Look up the surrounding areas, especially St. Helens, that's where I usually stay and it's literally 2 minutes drive to Binalong beach.
Oh did I mention you'll get to see a heap of native Australian animals, but watch out for the road kill.
Even at the bushy camping ground near the beach there's be wallabies jumping around and wombats.
Also Spirit of Tasmania will drop you guys off at devonport which is about an hour from launceston (one of the major cities in Tas), spend a night there, visit cataract gorge (Google it also), go for a swim at the pools at the gorge, go for a walk around the gorge and find free roaming peacocks..
Tasmania is an awesome place and I'm going back in January!
Thanks once again for your helpful tips, much appreciated.